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ISSS Staff Bios


ISSS Staff Bios

ISSS staff are available to assist you with a variety of issues. In many instances you will need to schedule an appointment to speak with your advisor as only quick matters can be handled on a walk-in basis. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to email your questions to your advisor or to schedule an appointment for a more detailed discussion.

If you are unable to make a scheduled appointment, you should call ISSS ahead of time to let the advisor know you cannot make it.

Staff Responsibility Email Address

Gudrun Kendon,

Gudrun Kendon is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the Center of Global Education. She joined ISSS in January of 2007 after having worked for five years in the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. She is committed to the field of international education and has worked advising international students since 1989 primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Management from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in England, she has traveled extensively throughout Europe, visited New Caledonia, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Egypt, Israel, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, and has lived in Australia, Spain and The Netherlands. She finds working with international students extremely rewarding and feels honored to be able to meet and learn about people from all over the world!


Laura Simkiss,
International Scholar and Student Advisor

Laura Simkiss is the International Scholar and Student Advisor in ISSS. Laura began her life as a global nomad at the age of 16, when she went to Belgium as an exchange student, and ended up staying there for 4 years. After completing her Bachelor's degree in International Studies at the University of South Florida, she spent 9 years advising international students at Emory and GeorgiaState University where she earned her Master's degree in French Literature. She joined ISSS in July of 2018 after spending 8 years living in Mexico, India, and Brazila, where her three children have been international students and she interned at the EducationUSA office in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  

Laura has always loved learning about other cultures through her students and scholars. She admires the academic, professional, physical, and emotional journey taken by international students, scholars, and employees. She appreciates the immense enrichment they bring to The Catholic University of America and to the United States. She is honored to work with the change makers of the world!

Amrine Obermueller, Administrative Assistant

Amrine Obermueller is the Administrative Assistant for ISSS. She joined ISSS in January 2018, and has been working with international students at different universities since 2011. She holds a Master's degree in International Education from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Kansas. Originally born and raised in Kansas, she has also lived in Florida, Vermont, Rhode Island, and now D.C. She has studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, and Turkey, and has traveled and spent time in over 30 countries. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and welcomes all students to stop by and say hello!

The ISSS staff does not work for the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and are not agents of the U.S. government. They do, however administer the F and J federal visa programs and are responsible for University compliance with federal regulations governing those programs. They are not immigration attorneys and as such are prohibited from legally advising you on matters unrelated to the F or J program, your studies or employment related to your status.